Moonscape over Mt McGown at Stanley Lake, Idaho
One of the attractions for taking a trip to Stanley, Idaho was that the Sawtooth Wilderness area around Central Idaho was named the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States, the twelfth such reserve worldwide. IDA awarded the area Gold Tier status, their highest ranking for night sky quality! Of course, while there, I would pray for a cloudless night so I could capture the Milky Way on camera. Of the four days we visited there, only one day was clear and only half the night. Unfortunately, the evening we tried, the cloud cover began slowly creeping over the area even before the moon set and the Astronomical Twilight ended! Ugh! Experiencing a totally dark, cloudless night was not meant to be on this trip!
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